Aug 11 2014

Lillevand Chosen as New Recreation Director

After an extensive recruitment and selection process, long time Piedmont resident Sara Lillevand has been selected by the City Council to be Piedmont’s new Recreation Director.  Lillevand has two children in the Piedmont schools.

City of Piedmont Press Release



Following a rigorous recruitment process, the City Council has selected Sara Lillevand as Recreation Director of the City of Piedmont. Ms. Lillevand was chosen unanimously by the Council from a field of 50 candidates. Her formal appointment will be made at the City Council meeting of September 2, 2014.

This selection follows interviews of five highly qualified candidates by a City Council subcommittee and the City Administrator, a panel of residents, and the City’s management team.

Following that process, the candidate field was narrowed to two, who were then interviewed by the full City Council. Ms. Lillevand’s selection by the City Council was unanimous and all agreed that she will be a great asset to the community and the Recreation Department.

Ms. Lillevand was educated at Stanford and U.C. Davis, and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University. For the past 14 months, she has served as the Director of Athletics for California State University East Bay. Prior to that she served as Associate Director of Athletics as well as Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Kinesiology Instructor.

Prior to joining CSU East Bay in 1997, she worked at UC Davis and Wellesley College as Assistant Basketball Coach and at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford as a Physical Therapist. Ms. Lillevand grew up in Piedmont and is a graduate of Bishop O’Dowd High School.

“We are pleased that we had such a highly qualified pool of candidates, in particular Ms.Lillevand,” said Mayor Margaret Fujioka. “I would like to express my appreciation to members of the Council subcommittee, Councilmembers Bob McBain and Teddy Gray King; as well as the members of the interview panels including Recreation Commissioners Nick Levinson and Kim Hebert, former Recreation Commissioner Dick Hunt, PHS Assistant Athletic Director Megan Hernandez, and Amy Wooldridge, Recreation and Parks Director for the City of Alameda.”

“Each of the finalists was highly qualified,” said City Administrator Paul Benoit. “Piedmont would have been well served with each of them, however Ms. Lillevand distinguished herself among this outstanding group.”

“I am honored to have been selected as Piedmont’s Recreation Director,” Ms. Lillevand said.

“Piedmont is a wonderful community with an excellent Recreation Department and I look forward to serving the City.”

For further information, contact City Administrator Paul Benoit at 420-3040.

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